Media 100 Tutorial Part 12: ColorFX Parameter Pt 1

Media100LogoA new Media 100 tutorial

By Kevin P. McAuliffe (doddleNEWS)

In our last lesson in our look at Media 100, we talked about the TimeFX Parameter, and how you were going to use it to adjust the timing (slo-mo or time speed-up/timelapse) of your clips. In this lesson, I want to take an in-depth look at the ColorFX tab, and how you’re going to use it to drastically alter the look of your footage.

To get to the ColorFX parameters, you need to access them from within the Edit Suite window, and you’ll notice the access button on the upper left of the window:

Color FX

Once you’ve clicked on it, you’ll be brought to the main ColorFX window in Media 100. From here you have access to some basic color paramters to adjust, like Brightness/Contrast, Chrominance (Tint/Saturation) and Style (Posterize/Solarize).

Now, I’ll be honest with you, you’re really never going to use any of these parameters, except for maybe the Saturation parameter, to make your footage black and white. What you’re going to want to do is to either pick a preset from the list (including Sepia and Saturation +25%), or head in and start making adjustments manually.

As you can see from the window, your ColorFX are divided up into five categories, with Classic being the one you start on. You also have access to Curves, Levels, RGB Curves and RGB Levels:

Color FX 2

We’re going to go in-depth into these parameters in upcoming lessons, starting with the Levels window in our next lesson.

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Kevin P. McAuliffe is one of the Senior Editors at Extreme Reach in Toronto, Canada. His current clients include Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures, and E1 Entertainment to name a few. You can follow him on Twitter @kpmcauliffe.

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